Revolutionary Road - 2008 (R)


Year of Release: 2008
Rated: R
Director: Sam Mendes
Approx. Running Time: 118 minutes
Format(s): DVD
My Rating: 4 stars (Out of 5)


From Back Cover:

-John Anderson, NEWSDAY

Academy Award nominee Leonardo DiCaprio and Academy Award winner Kate Winslet reunite for two powerful, groundbreaking performances in Revolutionary Road. Based on the bestseller by Richard Yates and directed by Sam Mendes, this mesmerizing and moving story follows the lives of a passionate young couple living in suburban Connecticut who decide to risk everything to pursue their dreams. They're willing to break away from the ordinary - but can they do it without breaking apart? Nominated for 3 Academy Awards and acclaimed by critics, Revolutionary Road is hailed as "one of the best films of the year." (Roger Ebert, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES)

"Amazing. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet are brilliant."
-Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE

My Comments:

Amazingly strong performances and a storyline that doesn't so much rip out your heart as it does slowly pull it from your chest so that the pain is that much more excruciating make for one great film, if not one that is entertaining in the traditional sense. Escapist cinema this is not. What you have instead is a bleak portrait of the death of dreams and the death of love between two people who, though they had thought of themselves as special, discover that their lives are merely ordinary. Overall, a film that deserves all of the accolades it has received, but one that I can only award 4 stars out of 5 because its grim subject matter makes it a film that is too painful to have much rewatchability.

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